How Long Will We Teach Cursive Handwriting?

  Schools are often in a reactive mode to societal changes in technology, popular customs, and politics. We adjust our policies and curriculum based on this changing tide. For example, I am asked regularly about the potential demise of cursive handwriting instruction in my school. This issue was highlighted recently in the trial of George…

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Counting on Joy

There is no doubt that this is, comparatively speaking, a stressful time of year. Professionally there is much to do, kids are restless, and for many of us, our own children’s graduations and transitions loom big. I am right there with all of you. Two of my three kids are preparing for new lives, one…

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Converted to Online Learning

For many years the role of an adjunct professor has been part of my repertoire. I teach one night a week, a bit during the summer, and occasionally I dabble in some online teaching. A few years ago, I wrote an online course for New England College and I revised it when NEC changed formats…

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Jazz vs. Classical

My colleagues are probably tired of my tired metaphors. I try very hard not to speak in cliche, but often simple one-liners say exactly what I want to say. For example, I love to employ the phrase marco vs. micro to describe one step in problem solving as so often dilemmas have a macro solution…

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